Friday, April 17, 2015

Who has to pee? The Bathroom Reno

I know it's an odd title for a blog post but a very serious one for some people.

I answered multiple questions from interested parties about why I was renovating the bathroom in the store. Why not just leave it? It's just a bathroom.

But..... it isn't.

Some people....ahem....maybe me, like to try to visit restrooms and rest stops no matter where I am and it may have been a long running joke throughout my life and into adulthood about "do you have to pee before we go?"

I may also have inadvertently surrounded myself with camels that never need to go, darn people.

When I go shopping I almost always need to use the restroom at some point especially if I am going to be staying and shopping and when the bathroom is dingy, disgusting uninspiring it doesn't leave me with a great "let's shop here feeling"

So anyways.... the bathroom needed a major overhaul.

Refresher, this is what we started with


and now this is what I finished with
keeping in mind there in no natural light in this room so photographing is a smidgen awkward.

trevor installed a driftwood vinyl click flooring right over the existing peel and stick standard white floor and we added simple white mdf baseboard. 
i painted the walls in my favourite black wall paint that i used in our downstairs hallway, sherwin williams black magic.

when i first painted this room the fluorescent lighting was still on the ceiling and made the room look like a tomb but as soon as trev installed the recessed lighting and barn light over the mirror it got the elegant black feeling i was going for.

the sink was just an mdf built in place counter with an insert so to save money but, up the wow factor i skim coated the existing counter with concrete and sealed it for wear and tear as this is our only source of water.
i replaced the faucet on the sink for some height and a little bit more appeal.

the toilet paper holder and towel rack are made of galvanized pipe to match the wheelchair accessible handbars. the little chair gives the ladies a place to set their purse.

the sign in the middle of the gold frame is a collection of fun art that i am offering in the store but this saying speaks to me a little bit so i attached it with washi tape right to the wall for an informal art piece.

these lockers are OLD. not just kind of old but OLD. they have the original wood back on them and they had plenty of years of random things and bugs stuck to them when we found them. we used a skill saw to cut down the back to reduce the depth to fit right in beside the sink and now store mops, garbage bags etc inside and they make a hell of a bang when opened so i know if someone is taking a snoopsy inside my bathroom

now obviously this orchid doesn't live in here but all photos need some kind of life to them. i just love the orchids and all plants really in these industrial norah vases made from rippled galvanized metal. i would take them all home if i could but alas then what would my customers buy?

a little detail of the concrete countertops. rough and smooth all in one but definitely gives a more contemporary up to date feel.

So, now do you have to pee?


Have a great weekend everyone


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An elegant grey dresser

Good morning everyone.
A little furniture post to share today.

A small provincial dresser today that could be extra storage in a bedroom or a lovely hall table. 

It was in the original condition when I found it and and just needed a little updating. I mixed up my favourite mix of annie sloan for my perfect gray and finished with a clear wax topcoat. One of the knobs was missing on the top drawers so I replaced them with clear glass knobs for simple elegance.

the gold trim was already there so i just wet sanded while i was painting to keep it showing through and pick up on the original hardware.

this dresser has just moved into the store to fill a hole for another piece that sold.



Have a great day all,


Friday, April 10, 2015

Part II: Store Tour

As promised for today more of the vignette photos.
I spent a good portion of the day yesterday unpacking a candle order, a botanical order and getting a huge amount of great new vintage inventory onto the floor.
Even though the weather was a bit on the dreary side I had a great flow of customers until almost 430. In other words it was a great day filled with conversations and more layer adding.


i have been a fan of the J.R. Watkins line of natural hand and dish products and am very excited to offer a few of the fresh scents to my customers in that awesome wood cabinet in this photo.

the owls on the drafting table are actually awesome doorstops just in time for some open window door slamming.
one of my personal favourite candle lines from california is pf candle co and everyone else seems to love them as well. the patchouli sweetgrass has my heart.

we have gotten a start with carrying furniture hardware. i haven't found a ton that i love from canadian distributers. i am trying to shop local or at lease in country for my local store but i am definitely hoping to come across a slew of hardware in new york in august. i want to have a much larger selection than we have available right now.

this photo is a little bit of a birds eye view as i had my tripod on my counter but it gives you an idea of the sheer size of that shelving unit.

these handmade sets of clay saucers are perfect underneath your vintage pots or new pots to catch the extra drips but still fit in with the vintage style. i have had a heck of a time finding saucers for my home over the years that weren't new glazed and shiny. these fit the bill perfectly.

Happy Friday everyone,


Thursday, April 9, 2015

We are Open: So how about a tour? Oliver and Rust Vintage Interiors

Thank you to everyone who came out last weekend to celebrate the grand opening of Oliver and Rust Vintage Interiors.
We had a great time, met some great people and started testing out a rhythm of stock leaving and being replaced. Trevor and I were doing a little bit of stressed breathing Saturday morning (not really but we were nervous faced) and my mom was just excited.

We are trying and so far succeeding at finding and hunting down great new stuff on a regular basis to keep everyone hooked both vintage and new.
I have a huge load of vintage goodies already coming with me this morning to be priced from the last weeks sourcing and got news that one of the great candle lines I sourced will be here in the next few days.

For those of you that can't come in from being separated by states or continents or because you were otherwise tied up last weekend,  we will do a starter store tour.

A lot of stuff has moved to great new homes already but this is what our store looked like Thursday morning before our soft opening.

our white floors and walls allow all the wonderful tables and shelving to stand out. our display tables are all pieces we have collected over the last few years. the counter is the 11.5 foot oak giant we found in a town nearby and looks perfect in its new place.
this shot also shows a lot of ceiling which is now FLUORESCENTLESS. thank goodness.
we added white track lighting, the huge can lighting over the counter is actually ikea we modified with black paint.

we didn't take advantage of this feature this past weekend because it was busy but i have collected some sturdy baskets to allow people to shop without juggling items in their hands. trevor completely came up with this bobbin holding system for them that makes the shopping baskets look like art.

pipe shelving is very "in" right now. we know it.  we needed a 20 foot cabinet/shelving system. do you know what those things cost?
i love gas pipe and have been using it for years now but, it also brings my husband into the store as his career is in hvac. i have been swiping pieces of this stuff from him for quite some time and now he had an excuse to build me something super duper fantastic.

plant central. 
all homes come alive with a little green. my intention is to carry seasonal plants that are generally easy to maintain for people and add that little extra something.
we had a run of the white mini orchids and sold out right away.


I will be back tomorrow to share some more photos and vignettes from our opening

Have a great day,